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Old 01-23-2012, 06:24 PM
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Default Re: NYT: How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work

Originally Posted by Florian View Post
I read the article, and I am not impressed by the claims of Apple. Nor by yours, needless to say.
sk and Florian, I read the Smith article before I posted, and the NYT later. I must say I find the case of the ability of the Chinese to gear up and down depressingly believeable.

But hanging out in left field with Gandhi, as I do, I'm glad for the Chinese to be able to make some kind of money. Loved the story about the worker that lives in a thousand sqare-foot apartment with her husband, son, and all four(?) in-laws.

Regarding the barracks living, I wonder what that's like? Do they all basically get along, play cards, and study, or is more of a depressing prison atmosphere?

Regarding the Smith article, she points out that just because we can't scale to handle iPhone production does not give a pass to all industries to off-shore:

The problem with using the microcosm to illustrate the macrocosm is you need to choose the right microcosm. The danger in using the iPhone example is that (as I have discussed at length in prior posts) there are quite a few industries in which the case for offshoring and outsourcing is not compelling, particularly if you allow for the increased risk of extended supply chains, as Apple itself learned in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. But even in those cases, it still has the effect of transferring income from middle level and factory workers to the top brass. Thus the iPhone/consumer electronics example will have the effect of giving other businesses a free pass.
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